I am pleased to see that the Beane and Mimram Rivers Partnership have recently launched their Catchment Management Plan, details for which can be found at http://www.beaneandmimrampartnership.org.uk/ . As it says on its website, the Beane and Mimram Rivers Partnership is a group of organisations, hosted by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, which have joined forces in order to improve the two chalk streams for people and for wildlife. The Catchment Management Plans for the Rivers Beane and Mimram respectively have been developed in conjunction with the recommendations of DEFRA and the Environment Agency in order to adhere to the UK’s obligations under the European Water Directive.
The plans focus on improving four main aspects of the Beane and Mimram. These include enhancing water flow and quality, enriching people’s appreciation of the two rivers and recording the rivers’ status and ecological health. I have long championed the preservation of our local chalk streams and take a keen interest in initiatives which might help to ensure their continued existence. I will be keenly following the progress of these catchment plans and I wish those involved much success following all their hard work.